Ryan Hartman

Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

Well, Chuck Fletcher won't have to worry about re-signing Ryan Hartman.

That's because the Flyers' general manager traded the restricted free agent on Monday to the Stars in exchange for forward Tyler Pitlick.

"Tyler is a hard-working, versatile player who will bring speed, energy and a competitive edge to our team," Fletcher said in a release by the team.

Hartman, 24, was acquired at the Feb. 25 deadline in the Wayne Simmonds trade. The Flyers also received a 2020 fourth-round pick in that deal. Hartman, a 2013 first-round pick, scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games with the Flyers. He was set to play winger on the third of fourth line in 2019-20. Fletcher last week did not rule out the chance of a prospect taking a third-line winger spot in training camp.

Pitlick, a 27-year-old who can play center or winger, is 6-foot-2, 201 pounds and appeared in only 47 games last season because of wrist surgery in February. He finished with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 2018-19. His best season came in 2017-18, when he scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 80 games with Dallas.

"I'm a physical, north-skating player," Pitlick said, via Flyers public relations. "I can score and make plays when I get the chance. I'm going to be physical and I'm going to create energy and compete as hard as I can."

Pitlick is on the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $1 million. The move could help the Flyers slightly with the cap. There's a chance Hartman could have received more than $1 million on his new deal, and for more than one year. Pitlick will be off the books after 2019-20 if the Flyers decide they don't want to re-sign him. According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have a little over $17 million in cap space.

Fletcher still needs to handle four of the Flyers' remaining restricted free agents and figure out the team's backup goalie situation (see story).

In a span of 11 days, Fletcher has parted ways with Radko Gudas, Andrew MacDonald and Hartman, signed Kevin Hayes, traded for Matt Niskanen, Justin Braun and Pitlick, re-signed Travis Sanheim and drafted seven new Flyers prospects.

Busy times, indeed.

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Flyers 5, Islanders 2: Another lopsided win helps playoff chase

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BOX SCORE

Once again, the Flyers brought a buzz saw into Nassau.

Five different players scored as the Flyers closed to within five points of the second wild card after beating the Islanders, 5-2, Saturday night for their second win over New York in six days (see standings)

Here are my observations:

• In his first game back from missing two games with an injury, Jakub Voracek had a very eventful first period, mostly positive. He was physical on the backcheck in separating Mathew Barzal from the puck. Voracek was also assessed a five-minute major for interference early in the third period, only because Johnny Boychuk was seriously injured on the play (see story).

However, Voracek overextended his shift in the first period, throwing a puck into the middle of the ice, creating a turnover with the Flyers' fourth line on the ice. The Islanders scored a goal on a redirected shot as a result of Voracek’s turnover.

But Voracek’s strength comes in the form of puck possession, driving hard into the offensive zone, and on two different occasions it led to Flyers goals.

The first one came in the final seconds of the first period, which allowed James van Riemsdyk's rebound goal in front of the crease.

Voracek’s second assist teed up Sean Couturier’s one-time shot and goal. For Voracek, he has eight assists in his last five games. 

• The early gauge on newcomer Ryan Hartman is that he’s wildly inconsistent. He’s shown a physical presence, but doesn’t deliver with every shift.

He’s been out of position defensively at times, but his biggest liability has been a high frequency for the penalty box. He was whistled for a completely unnecessary tripping penalty, but his first goal with the Flyers was a strong, hard-driving play that the Flyers need to see more of.

• Don’t you love karma? Remember when the whistle blew early, disallowing a goal in that critical game against the Penguins?

Well, the Islanders now know that feeling as a potential 5-on-3 goal was not to be with a premature whistle. It was the Islanders' real chance at getting back into the game down 4-1 at that point.

• Brian Elliott was splendid in a good bounce-back game following a bad performance against the Capitals. It will be interesting moving forward to see who gets the start against Ottawa, which despite its record, has been playing its opponents tough lately. Doesn’t sound like interim head coach Scott Gordon will turn to Carter Hart for that game.

• How about these numbers:

The Flyers shot 60 percent in the second period with three goals on just five shots on net.

And the Flyers now have three or more goals in seven straight games, their longest such streak of the season. They’re averaging 4.3 goals in that span.

• I don’t see how the Islanders make it out of the first round of the playoffs. In fact, I’ll contend the Flyers would provide a stronger first-round opponent than the Isles would.

Impressively, four of the Flyers' first five goals came in transition as New York had gaping holes and awful gaps in its defense.

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The Ryan Hartman nickname dilemma — what do we call him?

The Ryan Hartman nickname dilemma — what do we call him?

We admired his game, but what about his name?

How are Ryan Hartman’s new teammates addressing him with Carter Hart already on board.

It’s a dilemma that just can’t be ignored. Is it Harty? Hartsy? Harts?

Rinkside reporter Taryn Hatcher thought she had the newest Flyer’s nickname nailed down with a little help from former Flyer Scott Hartnell. 

Hartnell gave Hartman the moniker of “Deuce,” as in the second Hartsy on the team, during their brief time together last season in Nashville. However, Deuce doesn’t seem to go over too well with his new set of teammates.

“Hart Dog,” James van Riemsdyk threw out there. 

“I don’t know what we’re going to call him,” said newcomer Cam Talbot. “I think (Ryan) is older, so he should be able to pick his name and we’ll have to call Carter something else. I think seniority rules in that situation.”

Right now, there’s no issues. With Hart (Hartsy) out of action for the immediate future, Hartman is the only Hartsy in the dressing room.

“When Hartsy (Carter) returns, we’ll definitely have to figure this out,” said Jake Voracek.